Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: GA, USA
Bikes: A fat tire & a skinny tire & two others I loaned out
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Originally Posted by 2008paul
whats wrong with the one I have?
Well I guess that depends. What kind of riding are you using the bike for?
The biggest problem is that a rear shock that will actually work is going to be worth roughly the same amount as your bike was new. Mountain bikes are expensive. I'm in the process of building a budget full suspension bike & the total will come in right around $1300 after I've bought all the parts. The best bang for your buck for a FS bike (from what I've heard) is the Giant Yukon FX, & even that's pushing $1k. So there's the bad news.
The good news is that if you're using your bike for commuting, riding around the neighborhood, riding on paved paths & dirt roads, etc. then you don't need rear suspension. The best suspension money can't buy is your legs. Try standing up with your knees bent when you go over bumps, & let your legs absorb the shock. Even the kind of riding I do can easily be done on a fully rigid bike (like the one I ride now), but FS is a nice luxury & well worth it considering how much I ride.